Short of the Week

Tim Minchin’s STORM: the Animated Movie

Tim Minchin’s poem of an evening dinner conversation about spirituality and the age-old battle between spirituality and science.

Just spotted this amazing short which came online yesterday. Tim Minchin is a pretty big deal in Australia as a comedian/musician/actor, and here he writes and recites a splendid poem in the beat-style, recounting a dinner party in which he cannot refrain from verbally attacking a hippy-dippy guest for her mysticism, in favor of his rationalist, scientific worldview.

We’ve featured several animated poems before, but Storm differentiates itself through its length (10 min) and the fact that it’s dreadfully funny. DC Turner provides the visuals which are quite nice too, playing with the flat two dimensionality and angular design of 60′s ad copy—a fitting evocation, reminding us of a period when people did actually have dinner parties and talk about weighty things (what too cynical? Maybe I need a new scene).

For sheer animated goodness, the recent Thursday is a better example of retro-futurist stylings, but Storm excels due to Minchin’s clever wordplay and acerbic wit, which make it both a lot of fun and easy to recommend. Check out the website with wallpapers and making of clips.

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Chuckarama

    Have very seemingly Objectivist. LOVED IT! I can easily relate, even in this format.

  • Anadi

    Kind of demeans the other side to a point beyond where I can relate to it, but otherwise incredible.

  • earthexplorer

    ignorant yammerings…if you think science explains everything, well, all i can say is you have a very small mind. scientists now admit that 97% of everything we know is “dark matter” and “dark energy”. Interpretation – our theories only explain 3% of what we can see, or “we don’t know jack shit.” also we have only explored 3% of human dna. of course if you choose to only operate in a very limited experience of what we are capable of as human beings you will not experience the “supernatural” or yet scientifically unexplainable and it is understandable that you would write it off as “hippie dippie fairy butterfly nonsense.” Open your mind man, science is only restraining you.

  • anominous

    @04185205a9a9a681a60f7af14c479a4b:disqus … Shut up, Storm.